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September is Preparedness Month
~ Don't forget to make a plan for your pets ~

Posted on 9/16/2008

September 16, 2008701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - Disaster disrupts and affects everything in its path-our pets, livestock and even wildlife. When planning for a disaster or an emergency, it is important to remember to make a plan for pets.

During an emergency or disaster, it is important to remember to have a disaster kit for pets that includes food, water, medications, veterinary records, litter box, can opener, food dishes, and any other supplies that your pet may need. This kit can be used whether evacuating or sheltering in place.

Before an emergency:

  • Find out which hotels in the area accept pets; also find out what hotels outside the area accept pets.
  • Make copies of veterinary records; most boarding facilities won't accept a pet without up-to-date vaccinations.
  • Make sure that all pets have identification tags on their collars.
  • Make sure to have an appropriate pet carrier, crate or leash and collar.
If evacuating, remember:

  • Never leave pets behind; pets have a slim chance of survival or may get lost.
  • With the exception of service animals, pets are typically not permitted in public shelters, so other arrangements must be made.
During an emergency:

  • Bring pets inside immediately. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes.
  • Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if they normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally.
For more information about pets and disasters, visit http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/animals.shtm.

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